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AMERICAN ANNALS OF THE DEAF.
Vol. XLIII, No. 5.
THE FIFTEENTH MEETING OF THE CONVENTION.
The Fifteenth Meeting of the Convention of American Instructors of the Deaf, held at Columbus, Ohio, July 28 to August 2, 1898, was attended by a large gathering of teachers of the deaf in the United States and Canada, and several from England, Ireland, and Scotland.
The arrangements for the entertainment of the Convention at the Ohio Institution were admirable, and nothing was left undone by Mr. Jones and his assistants that could contribute to the welfare and comfort of the members.
Notwithstanding the heat of the weather the attendance upon the sessions was constant, and close attention was paid to the proceedings. The papers read were generally able and valuable; considerable time was allowed for discussion; diverse opinions were expressed with freedom and candor, but always with courtesy. The spirit of the Convention was enthusiastic, progressive, and harmonious.
In the evenings and during the recesses of the meetings there was abundant opportunity for pleasant social intercourse, for examining the interesting exhibits of
school, kindergarten, mechanical, and art work contributed
by several schools, and for that informal exchange of views which is of no less value than the papers and discussions of the regular sessions.
The Proceedings are to be published in full, and will be furnished free of charge to all members whose dues are paid ; meanwhile, our readers will be glad to have the following abstract from the minutes as furnished by the' Secretary. E. A. F.
Thursday Afternoon, July 28.
The Fifteenth Meeting of the Convention of American Instructors of the Deaf was called to order in the chapel of the Ohio Institution for the Deaf and Dumb at 3 P. M., Thursday, July 28, 1898, by Mr. J. W. Jones, Superintendent of the Ohio Institution, who delivered an address of welcome full of cheering words and inspiring thoughts. In conclusion, he expressed regrets that Governor BushNell was absent from the State, and read a letter from the Governor which assured the members of the Convention of the honor Ohio felt in having them as its guests. Mayor Black, who was to have welcomed the Convention on behalf of the city, was also unavoidably absent and sent his regrets.
Mr. Jones then announced that although Gov. Bushnell could not be here, his next best man, the LieutenantGovernor, would speak for him on behalf of the State. Lieutenant-Governor Jones then came forward, and in happy style welcomed the Convention to Ohio. He spoke especially of the great advancement along educational lines, and assured the Convention that Ohio would be found in the front rank in providing for the education of her children.
Mr. Jones then introduced the President of the Convention, Dr. Edwahd M. Gallaudet, of Washington, D. C., who responded on behalf of the Convention. He assured the Ohio people that the members of the Convention appreciated the royal welcome which they had received. He reminded the Convention that they had met in Ohio forty years ago and also twenty years ago. He reviewed carefully the work of the Association, and spoke earnestly of the great task before it. He said that there were several delegates here from foreign countries, and he knew they would be ready to respond to the welcome given them.
He then introduced Mr. F. D. Clarke, of Michigan, who said that he felt like coming home when he came to Ohio. He spoke of the close educational relation between Ohio and Michigan, and paid a glowing tribute to the Ohio teachers.
The President then called upon Mr. R. Mathison, of Ontario, who spoke of the close bond of sympathy between Canada and England and the United States, and expressed a hope that the union of the English-speaking races might be more firmly established than ever. He referred to the value of previous meetings of the Convention, and of the great good all had received from them. He expressed a desire that the present session might be a very profitable one.
The President said that the American Convention was broad enough and liberal enough to embrace the whole world. He then introduced Mr. W. H. Addison, of Gfasgow, Scotland. Mr. Addison's speech, like Mr. Mathisou's, was full of good words for America, and for a closer union of the Anglo-Saxon races. Ho spoke of a similar meeting of instructors of the deaf recently held in London, and said that he bore a message from that meeting to this one, which he read to the Convention.
The President next introduced Dr. Warring Wilkinson, of California, as a representative from the Pacific Coast. Dr. Wilkinson reviewed the work of the past, referred to friendships formed at former conventions, and expressed great hope for the future.
Dr. E. E. White, of Ohio, was then introduced, and spoke earnestly in behalf of a higher plane of scholarship. He said he had made up his mind years ago that State institutions should be free from politics, and his voice and his influence should always be in that direction.
The Convention then adjourned to 9 A. M., Friday morning.
Friday Morning, July 29.
After the doxology, rendered simultaneously in signs and orally, prayer was offered by Dr. W. H. De Motte, of Indiana. The President announced that Mr. J. R. Dobyns, of Mississippi, had been elected Secretary. Mr. Dobyns moved the appointment of Mr. L. A. Odebrecht, of Ohio, and Mr. Percival Hall, of Washington, D. O, as Assistant Secretaries. The motion was carried. The roll of members was then called by the Treasurer, Mr. J. L. Smith, of Minnesota.
The President made a few remarks, setting forth the conditions of membership in the Convention, both active and honorary, and urging all teachers and active workers in the education of the deaf to join.
The Secretary read letters from several absent members, including Mr. S. T. Walker, Miss Sarah Fuller, Mr. J. A. Gillespie, Mr. C. S. Perry, Dr. G. O. Fay, Mr. C. W. Ely, and Dr. Richard Elliott.
A letter from Mr. Romero, late Minister from Mexico to the United States, was also read, expressing his regrets at the impossibility of teachers from Mexico coming to the present meeting.
Dr. J. C. Gordon, of Illinois, expressed the regret of Dr. P. G. Gillett at being absent and brought his regards to the Convention, Dr. Wilkinson expressed the regrets